Friday, January 13, 2006

Stephen Harper: the next neocon threat?

Why does President Bush hope Christmas comes a little late this year? Because on Jan. 23, Canada may elect the most pro-American leader in the Western world. Free-market economist Stephen Harper, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, is pro-free trade, pro-Iraq war, anti-Kyoto, and socially conservative. Move over Tony Blair: If elected, Mr. Harper will quickly become Mr. Bush's new best friend internationally and the poster boy for his ideal foreign leader.

And, imagine my surprise, Harper is another neocon:

Stephen Harper said that he would use the Notwithstanding Clause to forbid gay marriage, which was upheld as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by Supreme court, after giving a so-called 'free vote' to Parliament. The clause, which allows Parliament to pass laws that bypass certain clauses of the Charter if given a sunset of five years, has never been used at the federal level, and simply mentioning it causes political firestorms.

(BTW, I don't want to hear anyone from the US whine about how their constitution doesn't allow exceptions; the Bush regime very happily bypasses it altogether without rising too many eyebrows; after all, it's just a goddamned piece of paper).

In case anyone still has any ideas, if Stephen Harper get elected here, you can expect Canada to join the ranks of the global dictatorship movement. If Harper would use the clause to infringe on homosexuals' rights, then he will gladly use it to please his neocon overlords. All that would be needed would be a convenient 'terrorist' attack. We know what's happening in the US, as well as Australia under John Howard and Britain under Blair, two of which have no Bill of Rights and the other where it's altogether ignored, where amongst other things mass surveillance and wiretaps, even against the law, are rampant.

After all, we're talking about a dormant neoconservative movement that has been attacking the Charter of Rights:

Two of their students, Ted Morton and Rainer Knopff, went to the University of Calgary where they specialize in attacking the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They claim the charter is the result of a conspiracy foisted on the Canadian people by "special interests." These nasty people are feminists, gays and lesbians, the poor, prisoners and refugee-rights groups who are advancing their own interests through the courts at the expense of the general public, these Straussians allege.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Party, notorious for its corruption, and having just emerged from a series of scandals, is promising to abolish the Notwithstanding Clause to prevent Harper from using it. It shows how desperate they are to stay in power, if they are willing to go as far as sacrifice Parliamentary powers. But then, given the litany of lies that came from Martin and his ilk, no one will take them seriously.

I'm fucking tired of both parties selling out my country to foreign interests. Both the leaders of the Liberal and the Conservative Party are members of the Bilderberg group, and both parties have signed treaties that relinquish our national sovereignty bits by bits, like NAFTA by Brian Mulroney and recently, the Deep Integration project.

I really wish Canadians would get around to vote NDP this time. As for me, I will probably vote for the Bloc, just so that I can get the option to pull Quebec out of the country if it heads towards an Orwellian hellhole like the other countries. As for the English speakers, there's always New Zealand.


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